The Boss is back! Or at least David Brent is back! And it would appear that a good idea, may indeed be a good idea forever. It has been twelve years since the BBC's award winning, at times cringe worthy, hilarious, sad, all too real, surreal and touching sit com mockumentary The Office ended its two and half season run.
Incredibly it's UK run of only 14 episodes belies the cultural significance and impact that the show has had, (the US version of the The Office ran for nine seasons!!) as co directors and writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant turned their magnifying glass on the microcosm of office life - personalities and relationships, at times possibly cutting a little too close to the bone.
I can't deny I have been curious about what has happened to the personalities of The Office over the last decade. Did Dawn become a world renowned children's book illustrator? Did Tim and Dawn finally got their happy (or mildly content) ever after. Did Gareth slog it out or quit to start his own private investigation business, join the TA or campaign to become the President of the Unites States? Did he ever find a boy that could swim faster than a shark? And what of David Brent our relentlessly hopeless, inappropriate and awkward every man? He may be refreshingly laid back for a man with such responsibility but did he finally follow the success of Richard Branson or Tony Robbins? Or a different path?
Well unless you have been living under a rock (and roll branded pillow) for the last couple of months you already know that we will indeed, at least be getting to know a little of what has happened since, as it looks like David Brent has been in the business for another 12 years and spared a moment to tell us what has been happening - when Ricky Gervais releases the big screen debut of David Brent star of The Office (and Slough's finest) in David Brent: Life on the Road into UK cinemas this Friday 19 August.
To celebrate the occasion and support one of the UK finest exports we have partnered with Entertainment One to offer three of our lucky readers exclusive David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs consisting of some sweet merchandise that includes: a must have for any budding musician Elvis/Brent Rockstar Glasses, the finest David Brent guitar pick money can buy, an always ready to handle business David Brent stapler, a reach the peak of sartorial rock elegance David Brent T-shirt and possibly best of all an acoustically serious David Brent guitar amp-style speaker (great for playing music, even better to impress guests as you pretend you can play a guitar like the best of them)
For details on how to get one of these great David Brent: Life on the Road goody packs see further below.
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|David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)|
A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, "The Office" as he now fancies himself a rockstar on the road.
Ricky Gervais, Jo Hartley, Doc Brown, Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Abbie Murphy, Ben Bailey Smith, Tom Basden, Andy Burrows
Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.
I really love ‘Lady Gypsy’ – I might get Sting to do that one!”
- Ricky Gervais, Actor/Producer/Director
Long time Gervais collaborator and David Brent: Life On The Road producer, Charlie Hanson gives some insight on their approach to making the film as well as some information on the production and locations.
Production started in London on Monday 16 November 2015 and the whole shoot was completed in 5 weeks, a very tight schedule. Production worked with two cameras on most days, sometimes three depending on the scenes and volume of extras. The idea was to try to film the concerts in one block for the first couple of weeks, almost like a real ‘tour’ and then move to the office and more intimate scenes in another block. There were many different elements and logistical requirements from the two sides, especially with a production that moved so quickly
Filming took place in Central London, Camden, Watford and ended in Slough, an appropriate place to end considering it’s Brent’s home town. Slough is probably not the most exciting place in the UK for Brent to live, but it’s real and it’s what makes Brent who he is.
The special David Brent: Life On The Road goody bags on offer includes:
· Branded guitar pick
· Branded staplers
· Branded guitar amp-style speaker
1. Send us an email at imaweiner(at)theestablishingshot(dot)com appropriately replacing (at) and (dot).
2. With the subject line “David Brent Rocks!”
3. Tell us - the name of one of David Brent's upcoming songs that may be featured in David Brent: Life on the Road. (I am willing to accept any made up song names if they are funny)
4. Your name, telephone number & email address
5. The address where you would like your prize sent to if you win.
The fine print:
Standard competition rules and common sense apply.
3 UK Winners will be chosen randomly (by randomly I mean I'll right the contenders names on a slip of paper, place the slips of paper on one of my speakers, push play on one of these Brent classics: Equality Street, Life on the Road, Slough, Lady Gypsy Lady, turn the volume up till it rumbles and the last 3 names left on the speaker by song end are the winners.
The judges (meaning my) decision is final. Winners will be chosen and contacted by Monday 22 August, the first Monday after David Brent: Life on the Road is released into UK cinemas.
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You can follow writer, director and star of David Brent: Life on the Road Ricky Gervais on Twitter over here https://twitter.com/rickygervais
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD rocks into UK cinemas Friday 19 August 2016
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